A few months ago an individual from my writers' group commented on a large chunk of exposition I put into a first draft. At first I believed that the information needed to be there so my reader would better understand the backstory of my villains, but when I read it back to myself the exposition seemed like one big chunk of writing that slowed the pace and distracted from my plot.
Has this ever happened to you?
So what do you do with Exposition? Cut it out (or at least, cut it down). Take out any information that is not absolutely essential to forwarding your plot. Try sprinkling it throughout your story instead of in one indigestible lump, or use dialogue to get the information across.
As James Scott Bell (bestselling author) says, "Act first, explain later." Readers are most interested in the action that unfolds in the book, and exposition that is handled with care will add meaning behind the action.